Kirk Hinrich Injury: Shoulder Surgery Could Sideline Hawks Guard To Start Season *Updated

CHICAGO, IL - MAY 02: Injured player Kirk Hinrich of the Atlanta Hawks cheers on his team from the bench against the Chicago Bulls in Game One of the Eastern Conference Semifinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at the United Center on May 2, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Hawks defeated the Bulls 103-95. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

According to a report, Atlanta Hawks guard Kirk Hinrich recently had shoulder surgery and could miss the beginning of the season. The report says that Hinrich would be out until late December or early January which should coincide with the start of the NBA season. Even if he is able to return by the Hawks opener, he will likely miss several days of the abbreviated training camp.

No real report on why the decision was to have the surgery so late. Hinrich missed games with Hamstring and calf injuries last season. He injured his shoulder in training camp with the Wizards last season.

This development severely puts a damper on the Hawks proposed three-guard rotation of Hinrich along with Jeff Teague and Joe Johnson. With Jamal Crawford looking more unlikely by the day to return to the team, the Hawks will find themselves with a shortage of guards to start the season. Atlanta was likely to sign a backcourt player anyway to fill out the roster.

11:03 AM update from Michael Cunningham's Blog:

Hawks general manager Rick Sund said guard Kirk Hinrich had surgery to to remove a cyst and repair the labrum in his left shoulder and is expected to miss at least the first month of the regular season.

Hinrich experienced discomfort in his shoulder as a result of offseason workouts and had the procedure in early November.

"The injury typically requires three to four months of recovery," Sund said

Surgery in November for an injury that he hurt during offseason workouts. That answers all of the questions but also extends the amount of time that Hinrich might be out.

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